Understanding molluscum including the risk factors, incidence and symptoms will benefit your skin and allow you some peace of mind. Molluscum is a viral skin infection that causes raised, pearl-like papules or nodules on the skin. It is caused by a virus that comes from the poxvirus family and you can get the infection from multiple ways. Molluscum is a common infection in children and happens when a child comes into direct contact with a lesion or nodule. Molluscum may occur anywhere on the body except the palms and soles. The virus can spread through contact with contaminated objects, such as towels, clothing, or toys.
Molluscum also spreads by sexual contact, thus early lesions or nodules on the genitalia may be mistaken for herpes or warts, however molluscum nodules are painless. Persons with a weakened immune system typically have a more severe case of molluscum. In adults, the lesions are commonly seen on the genitals, abdomen, and inner thigh
Usually molluscum begins as a small, painless flesh colored nodule. Often the nodule has a dimple in the center. The nodules may appear in lines or groups where the person has scratched or irritated the affected area, causing them to spread. The middle of the nodules typically has a white substance quite like string cheese or slightly cooled wax.
Since molluscum is contagious and spreadable through everyday contact, it is important to wash hands frequently, keep children’s toys clean and disinfected, keep laundry clean and wear loose fitting clothes on areas that are infected. Stay away from lotions and creams that would only spread the infection. The American Institute of Advanced Medicine offers a spray on and air dry solution that has a 95% success rate. Make sure your diet is healthy including cutting back your sugar intake.